I used a stomp pad my first year. I thought I needed one because my son's used one. After I bought my first new board and took it up without a stomp pad (forgot to get one) I found I didn't need one.
I just got a gopro for Christmas! I'll mount it on my helmet and look lame I guess.
I don't really care. My wife can't hit the slopes and wants to enjoy watching our kids have fun and progress so it's worth it if it makes the wife happy.